Concordia partners with various local and global organizations to provide our students the best possible opportunity to become active global citizens and principle centered leaders and team members. Our partnerships involve anything from supporting our annual campaign to hosting student interns each spring. It is because of valued relationships with our partners that Concordia is successful in not only shaping our students into leaders today, but also assisting communities in need within rural China.
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Community Center Shanghai (CCS) is a non-profit organization, with Centers strategically situated within Shanghai’s international communities. CCS responds to the ever-changing needs of the community by providing relevant programming that equips individuals and families to maximize their potential while in China. CCS bridges the cultural gap by offering opportunities to give and serve through our charitable programs, providing useful and enriching classes, practical and educational tours, essential orientations, professional counseling, and volunteer opportunities. They are simply your home away from home!
You can find more information on the Community Center Shanghai website. They provide great services for the community, including:
- Support for persons during times of transition and crisis, connecting them to appropriate resources such as personal counseling, coaching and/or mentoring.
- Activities, classes and social events for families, couples, and singles that encourage community building and personal growth and development.
- Training for business leaders on corporate social responsibility and connections and opportunities for companies to invest in places of need.
- Opportunities for persons to share their hobbies, experience and expertise with others.
- Support groups that focus on the felt needs of individuals and families in Shanghai and that encourage personal and community development.
- Weekend activities and community building events for adults, families and children.
- Supportive activities and resources for couples and marriages.
- Cross cultural training for business leaders and orientation and training for doing business in Shanghai.
Community Center Shanghai was founded in 1998 as the Concordia Family Center, a service center of Concordia International School Shanghai, with the purpose of enhancing family and community life for parents of Concordia students. Activities were primarily planned and executed by Concordia staff and faculty members, alongside numerous volunteers. In 2000, Rose Koopman was called to serve as the first Director of the Family Center.
By late 2001, the Family Center Board was led to change the name to Community Center of Concordia reflecting the desire to reach out to all international residents of the rapidly developing Pudong District. New Directors, Paul & Jeannie McKean, led the move to a new location in Beverly Hills in 2002 and continued the development of services.
Under new Directors, Nate & Christina Showalter, the name was changed to Community Center Shanghai, while still retaining a close relationship with Concordia through continued financial contributions, facilities support, staffing, accounting, connections with the local government, etc. The Center expanded its scope of service across the river in the fall of 2005 to serve the larger Shanghai international community through collaboration with Shanghai Christian Fellowship. The Showalters also led another move of the Center to Royal Gardens about the same time, which afforded a larger space for the significantly expanded services they developed in Pudong.
Community Center Shanghai opened a second Center in Puxi in the summer of 2007 at the Sun-Tec Medical Center. Concurrently, services had developed in Pudong such that an even larger location was needed and the Pudong Center was moved to its present location central to Jinqiao and Lujiazui alike at the Green Hills Clubhouse.
With numerous accomplishments during their tenure as Directors of Community Center Shanghai, the Showalters were eventually called to other service in 2008. James Weidner, along with his wife Christina and their four children, accepted the call to serve internationals in China. The Puxi Center moved to the Hongqiao Golf Villas in the summer of 2008 for a temporary stay and as of 2009 enjoys a new location in an office building near the lively Hong Mei Road.
James decided to move on in 2011 and was replaced by Stella Si as Executive Director. Stella leads a team of professionals alongside an experienced Board with generous volunteers to continue the work of those who came before them. Now serving more than 10,000 international families, CCS uniquely addresses the growing needs of the international community while building bridges to local communities and citizens.
Concordia Welfare & Education Foundation is a Hong Kong based non-profit organization founded by Lutheran Christians and dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished rural communities in Asia through education and service.
CWEF partners with local communities, organizations and governments to identify sources of poverty and implement programs in the areas of education and community health. They believe education creates opportunities for people to change their lives and create a new future.
CWEF provides the following educational programs: